I borrowed plans from The New Hobbyist for this. Some modifications were made based on readily available material. Most obvious was the handle and side pieces. I will be painting a fish related theme on this and wanted a fish shape so I cut the side pieces to look like a fish tail.
I made it at Techshop! Check them out HERE...
Step 1: Cut Your Pieces...
Cut your side pieces to any shape you desire, but maintain a 5 1/2" width and 11" height. I used a 1/2" X 5 1/2" material. Cut all the inner bottle dividers and side pieces out of 1/4" x 2 1/2" pieces of material. The bottom piece out of 1/4" X 5 1/2" material. All of the material was purchased at Lowes. I used Red Oak thru-out.
I assembled the ends and the bottom first. I pre-drilled holes in the upright end to alleviate splitting. And the holes in the bottom piece were drilled and beveled to prevent splitting during assembly. Once the uprights and bottom was assembled I pre drilled all the nail holes in the side and end pieces and carefully aligned the bottle dividers and nailed them in place. I used a nail sink to sink the nail head and then used wood filler to cover them and later sanded the remaining material away.
Step 2: The Handle...
I used a piece of 3/4" 1 1/2" piece of scrap oak I had laying around. be creative here, make it look however you want. I also had a piece of 3/8" all thread laying around so I incorporated that into my design. I used self locking nuts to ensure tightness.
I was not sure what I wanted the handle to look like, so I drilled all the holes for it after assembly. Luckily everything lined up as it should have.
Step 3: Finish
Now I just need to sand it completely, apply the artist touch to it, and add some stain. I did all this in under 2 hours at Techshop. It's a really great, simple project to get your feet wet with after attending the basic woodshop class. You will use all the tools you learn during that class. Table saw, Drill press, Belt sander, Miter saw and band saw.
Then... I will show up in style at the next BYOB function I attend.